Review by The Amalgamut

"Seriously overlooked...."

BloodRayne is a slick action game starring a hot vampire chick that kills Nazis. What’s not to like? Of course, she also kills other things, like various forms of monsters/demons, but most of the game is spent blowing away multitudes of Nazis with a vast arsenal of firearms, slicing them up with your blades, or just sucking their blood till they die. If this does not sound appealing, then BloodRayne is not for you. But, if you’re a fan of ultra-violent action games, then you will find a lot here to satisfy your bloodlust…

You play a hotty named Rayne, a half-vampire/ half-human who joins a secret organization that sends her after Nazis and whatnot. The story isn’t all that important in this game, and it’s nothing that hasn’t been done before. I would've liked to see the plot play a bigger part in this game, but that’s only a minor gripe. The story is good enough for this kind of game, and has a few twists here and there to keep things interesting. The focus of the game isn’t the story though; it’s the action…

You will spend most of your time in BloodRayne fighting, either using your guns or blade-thingies, and you can feed on your hapless victims to regain health. You can use your guns and blades simultaneously, which is a nice touch. The fighting is very fast paced, and controlling Rayne is a breeze. To keep things interesting, Rayne has a “blood rage” mode, with is a berserker mode that allows her to move faster, inflict more damage, and perform some special attacks that she learns as she progresses. Also, there are three “enhanced vision” modes that you can use; these are Rayne’s vampiric abilities that let her see things differently. She has an “aura sense”, which is somewhat similar to a heat-seeker, an “extruded view” that allows for a first person/sniper view in which you can zoom in and zoom out, and lastly, there is the super cool “dilated perception”, which is basically a bullet-time effect in which you can slow down time. Unlike other games that feature this effect (Max Payne, Enter the Matrix), you can use it in BloodRayne all the time. Once you get the ability, you can play the whole game in the bullet-timeish mode if you want. The only negative aspect of the gameplay is that during the middle of the game, some of the levels get repetitive.

Graphics and Sound:
The game is nicely detailed in certain areas, sometimes even morbidly so; the level of detail in the dismemberments is impressive, if not nauseating. The graphics are good, though they won’t blow you away or anything. The voice acting is well done, especially Rayne’s. She makes various comments while you play, and some of the things she says I found to be quite amusing. No complaints in the music and sound departments.

If you’re in the mood for a violent action game, BloodRayne is right up your alley. How much replay value you get out of it is dependent on how much you enjoy hacking and slashing hordes of bad guys; those who are looking for more depth to their action may want to just give it a rent to check it out. The only major flaw in this game is that it can become repetitive at times. All in all, BloodRayne is a very underrated game that many people seem to overlook, which is a shame because it deserves some recognition for being the badass game that it is. Plus, Rayne is one of the hottest video game chicks ever, and you can't go wrong with that.

Reviewer's Rating:   4.0 - Great

Originally Posted: 07/09/03, Updated 07/09/03

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